Wordsmith Sophie in finals of Bananagrams Challenge

Sophie Wilkinson in the Bananagrams final. (s)
Sophie Wilkinson in the Bananagrams final. (s)

A nine-year-old Waddington and West Bradford Primary School pupil fought off competition from 15,000 other UK primary school children to win a place in the final of the Bananagrams Challenge.

Sophie Wilkinson was the youngest of the 12 finalists in the competition who travelled to the famous Magic Circle magicians club, London, to compete against each other to become the overall winner in the game designed to enhance children’s appreciation of language, and improve their grasp of spelling and literacy.

Sophie’s teacher, Mrs Sandra Kirkman, who oversaw the challenge in school, commented: “The Bananagrams Challenge has been great fun.

“Over 30 children took part from years 3 to 6 and it was fantastic to see them so engaged and excited to play a word game.

“We’re all absolutely thrilled that Sophie made it to the grand final and the whole school is very proud of her indeed.”